Now here is a movie which really goes the extra mile for that high octane speed of a supersonic journey into Japan's fantastical cinematic lunacy, by ways of a stylish approach to the urban allegory of "electric" lives, and of "electric" and violent childhoods that spawn truly ugly and senseless beasts into the streets of modern society.
Is our civilization just waiting to die on the hands of our "electric" youth? It seems as if, the faster you go the more will you want to best, no matter how powerful or mighty obstacles are.
Far from being a cinematic masterpiece, it effectively does deliver the goods in a frenzied surrealism, with a rock`n'roll attitude and some cyberpunk elements thrown in for good measure, as this is a low-budget production shot on black and white, drawn on top of Sogo Ichii's japanese underground filmmaking of the early 80's, from the time when he made Burst City (1982).
Definitely not Blade Runner but rather a runner-up to Shinya Tsukamoto's Tetsuo - The Iron Man, Electric Dragon 80.000V (2001) is made to satisfy those hungry for dynamic cinematography, weird characters with even weirder agendas, racing through a lethargic metropolis in a lightning speed overpowering crescendo of Electricity!
Do not expect classical dramatization, social light comedy or a dense intellectual mystery. This is an over-the-top loony piece of adrenaline fueled j-fantasy, driven by a rock solid soundtrack, added by churning guitar soundscapes of abrasive rawness.
I'm just waiting for it to arrive, so I can throw it inside my player and, BANG! Rock'n'Roll, baby!
Worth the wait, definitely!